Undersheriff Neff To Retire Friday

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Jefferson County Undersheriff Andrew Neff, who is the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit and investigation, will retire this Friday.

That's according to Jefferson County Attorney David Paulsen.

When asked for comment on Neff's retirement, Sheriff John Burns said, "I wish him well."

Paulsen said he doubted the investigation into the sexual harassment allegations would affect Neff's retirement.

Neff has been with the Sheriff's Department for 25 years, serving as detective and sergeant along with being a member of the DARE Program and the drug task force.

He was promoted to undersheriff in 2011.

7 News has been unable to reach Neff for comment.

Neff has been off the job since October when accusations surfaced that he sexually harassed Michelle Bowens of Adams Center.

Bowens filed legal documents claiming Neff offered to speak to prosecutors on her behalf about charges she was facing "if she performed sexual favors for him."

The 42 year old Bowens was arrested last month for allegedly having two stolen credit cards and she served a jail term for a 2007 conviction for fourth-degree grand larceny.

She pleaded guilty on January 25 to second-degree attempted forgery and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Bowens admitted in Jefferson County Court to forging receipts to get refunds from a restaurant, and to having a stolen credit card.

She is expected to get up to three years in state prison when she's sentenced March 11.

Bowens said she had a relationship with Neff starting in 2005 when she was an informant for the sheriff's department.

See our report on Bowens' accusations here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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